Colorful Sunrise Bathes Bernal in Magical Light

From my home in the North Bernal lowlands, I noticed this morning that the sunrise was creating some fiery orange reflections on the glass of a few downtown high-rises.

It was a lovely scene, but from his vantage point in Noe Valley,  Bernalspotter Christopher Baker had an even more glamorous view of this morning’s colorful sunrise — because it highlighted us.

Welcome to the new week, Bernal Heights!

PHOTO: Courtesy of Christopher Baker

How to Tumble Down Bernal Hill Without Spilling Your Beer

Bernal Heights old-timers will tell you about the days when children used to love sliding down Bernal Hill on a piece of cardboard. Today we live in more extreme times, with ready access to video documentation tools, so this is how it’s done it now: no cardbord required.

In this video shared late last week on Reddit, we see a wannabe stuntman casually handing his beer to a friend before tumbling headlong down the black-diamond north face of Bernal Hill.

Suffice to say, “Kids, don’t try this at home.”

The Bernal Coyote Is Alive and Well and Enjoying Dry Weather

The rains have subsided, and the Bernal Coyote seems excited about that. In the last few days, Bernalwood readers have shared many photos of the Bernal Coyote out and about on Bernal Hill, taking in the sights, wandering through the grass, and generally being rather photogenic.

The photos up above were captured  by Neighbor Chris, as the Bernal Coyote strolled through her urban oasis.

Neighbor Sig snapped this photo yesterday as well:

Neighbor Dena has turned her attention from rainbows to wildlife, and along the way she took this picture of the Bernal Coyote in what could have been a pose for an LL Bean mail-order catalog:

And finally, Neighbor Hope spotted the Bernal Coyote savoring the sun in the community garden just below Bernal Hill:

So amazing! Just remember: As much as we love the Bernal Coyote, it’s up to us to help keep her safe. Do not love her too much. Respect her space, and DO NOT FEED HER. For more expert advice on how to co-exist with the Bernal Coyote, please read this.

Epic Rains Trigger Mini-Mudslide on Bernal Hill

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Heavy rains over the weekend triggered a mini-mudslide on Bernal Hill, along the south side of Bernal Heights Boulevard, just east of Ellsworth.

Neighbor Fiid shared this photo of the washed out segment of the slope, and from this angle is looks like Bernal Hill is trying to reclaim the roadway. Which, in a geological sense, it most certainly is.

UPDATE: Bernalwood dispatched the Mobile Uplink Miata to the slide scene this morning. Here’s a complete daylight view: 


In addition, there are many smaller slides and mud flumes visible all over Bernal Hill, so tread carefully to avoid slipping and/or exacerbating soil erosion. 

“Good Morning Bernalwood”

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“Good Morning Bernalwood.”

That’s the message we got earlier today –  along with this image  — courtesy of Christopher Baker, Bernal’s photographically inclined fanboy in Noe Valley. Thanks Christopher!

Oh, and it really was a beautiful sunrise. Did anyone else notice how the color of the color of the light matched the hue of the plum blossoms that are popping right about now? Just for one magnificently ephemeral moment? Wonderful.

Separately, your Bernalwood editor has been arguing recently that winter is the finest season to be in San Francisco – and not just because the skiing on Bernal Hill tends to be excellent. Winter here means no fog, green grass, fragrant air, warm days, occasional hygge-inducing rainstorms, Rainbow Alerts, and so many other unique seasonal charms. Would you agree? Please discuss.

PHOTO: Bernal Hill on February 15, 2017, by Christopher Baker

Sunday: Celebrate 2017 by Helping to Make Bernal Hill More Beautiful

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Here’s an honest way to atone for all the unholy things you will do on New Year’s Eve: Neighbor Sarah invites all Bernalese of all ages  to participate in a Bernal Hill clean-up happening on New Year’s Day,  Sunday, January 1, 2017(!) at 9 am.

The fabulous Neighbor Sarah says:

Start 2017 off by joining your neighbors in cleaning up Bernal Hill on New Year’s Day. (The Hill often takes a bit of a beating on New Year’s Eve.) Meet at the south entrance bulletin board at 9 am. Bring gloves and a couple of garbage bags or a bucket. We’ll divide and conquer, picking up bottles, cigarette butts, and, yes, unclaimed dog poop. This should be a good activity for kids – I will be bringing mine (ages 7 and 9).

See you there! (And thanks to the neighbors who, day in and day out, pick up trash on the Hill – we see them frequently!)

PHOTO: Bernal Hill from the air, courtesy of the Bernalwood Air Force